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Rustic vase
Rustic vase made from twigs, jar
stand
Red and green
plant stand
Painted folk art shelf
Painted folk art shelf
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
twig planter
Hickory planter
good form, surface
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
Rustic stand
Nicely decorated
rustic stand
Fraternal plaque
Masonic brass plaque
Rustic carved pitcher
Rustic carved, painted pitcher
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long
Golfer whirligig
Copper golfer weather vane
Tramp art shelf with drawers
Tramp art shelf with drawers
Thistle shelf
Stylized thistle wall shelf
Pottery planter
Tourist ware planter
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Large hanging vase whimsy carving
Large hanging vase
whimsy carving
Tramp art shelf with hidden drawers
Large tramp art shelf with
hidden puzzle compartments
Primitive bench
Primitive "make-do" bench
Twig swing
Rustic miniature
twig swing
Industrial art
Mechanical contraption
Folky whirligig
Whirligig with good paint, two men turning a crank
Large ceremonial key
"The Key to Nollidge", ceremonial
key almost 5 feet long

Several more oversized keys,
part of a large collection
Saxonphoto
Collage and painting by Virginia Love
Page 2 of Antiques and Folk Art 1930's - 1940's

Rustic vaseThis is a rustic vase made from twigs with bark built up over a glass jar. The twigs are graduated in size from top to bottom. The jar is securely held in place and does not move. It stands 7 1/2" high by 4 1/4" by 4 1/4". The condition is very good, a few twigs have small splits where they were nailed together. Age is unknown, but appears to be about 1930's or 40's. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKWT.   Rustic vase, two views ... With a soda can for scale ... From above and below.

standThis is square plant stand with a bottom shelf. It has a sculptural look. Made out of wood strips, with some running on the diagonal. It is in very good condition, and has an old dark red paint over an older green. It is 10 1/4" square and 24" high. From around the 1930's. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: ASHH. Image ... Large 2nd image.

Painted folk art shelfThis is folky and colorful painted wall box. It has nice size and a very good look. This piece was made of plywood with pine sides. The back is cut in the design of flowers, grass, and a tree. The paints have taken on a nice surface over the years. The box has two holes in the back for hanging, or also sits on a shelf. It was probably made around the 1930's or '40's, and is in very good condition. It is about 16" high by 15 1/2" wide by 5 1/4" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TWWS.   Painted folk art shelf ... Closeup ... From above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

Industrial artThis is an odd, decorative and sculptural, mechanical contraption of some sort. Apparently it was used to turn something on belts or lines. The larger wheel was turned by a wide belt and in turn drove 3 smaller belts. Then the motion is converted and stepped down by the use of gears to another long shaft on which are several other wheels that drove smaller belts. They then also turn. What it was connected to is a mystery. Now it is an interesting workshop piece - hand made for some particular use - all mounted on a tongue and groove board. The dark green paint is strong with normal wear. It probably was made in the 1930's or 40's. This assemblage is about 43" long by 6" deep and 7" high to the top of the larger wheel. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TTPC.   Several views ... 3/4 angle ... End view ... From above ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from above ... Another overall view.

Rustic carved pitcherThis is a very folky small wooden pitcher carved out of a knobby branch. The handle was carved from a forked twig and pegged in at the top, fastened with a small nail at the bottom. It stands 5" high by about 3" by 3" and looks to be from about the 1940's. It is in good condition with a fair amount of wear to the dark blue paint, and an age crack in the bottom. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKHO.   Rustic carved pitcher ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.

Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. We have another hand made traffic sign here. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   See a slideshow of several views [372 k] ... Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

Tramp art shelf with drawersThis is a very nice tramp art shelf with two drawers. It can sit or be hung. The piece is made from a combination of plywood and pine and has been stained in two different colors for a finish. This shelf has both chip carving, mostly along the edges, and "flatwork" which is a series of carved strips applied edge to edge. In addition to the two drawers, each side has a small triangular shelf. The top is cut out with geometrics and hearts as decoration. This shelf was likely made in the 1940's or '50's. It is 18 1/4" wide by 13 1/4" high by 6" deep to the front of the knobs. It is in excellent condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOP.   See a slideshow of several views [660k] ... Tramp art shelf with drawers ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With drawers open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with drawers ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With drawers open ... With a soda can for scale.

Twig swingThis is a rustic, miniature twig double swing or glider. It has good form and surface, with bent twigs for the seats and arms, and the swing mechanism. It stands 12 1/4" high by 11 1/2" wide by 12" deep. It was probably made c. 1940's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TPTT.   Miniature twig swing ... Closeup of detail ... Another angle ... A third view ... From one end ... The other end ... End view from above ... Top view ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Side view, from above ... From below.

Thistle shelfThis is a wall shelf cut out in the shape of a stylized thistle. It is built of 3/4" pine, with dark cream paint. There are a number of small tacks for hanging keys or other lightweight objects underneath the shelf. The condition is good, with minor paint wear and a small, old break at the top. The break occurred before the shelf was painted, possibly while it was being made. The shelf measures 20 1/2" high by 11" wide by 8 1/2" deep. Age appears to be from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWOT.   See a slideshow of several views [410k] ... Thistle shelf ... Another view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thistle shelf ... Another view.

Next are two pieces of tourist ware pottery. They have richly colored, flowing glazes with slight craqueleur. They are slightly glossy, with a few tiny pinprick-sized bubbles in the glaze. These were primarily made in the 1940's and 50's in the South, Ozarks, and Appalachia. They are really very nice, functional and decorative objects. They are described and priced separately below.

Pottery planterThis tourist ware pottery planter is 4 3/4" high by 6 1/4" in diameter, with a drainage hole in the bottom. The crazed glaze is in rich blue, maroon, green, and cream, with tiny firing bubbles. It has good age, and the condition is excellent. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AHWW.   Image ... From above ... From below ... With several others and a soda can for scale.

Tourist ware planterThis is a small planter. It has three holes formed in it for hanging. It is in excellent condition with a medium glossy glazed surface; and is nicely decorated in red, blue, green rust, and yellow colors. It is 4 1/4" high by 6" in diameter. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: AHWR.   Image ... Another side ... From above ... From below ... With several others and a soda can for scale.

twig planterThis is a hickory planter with great form, surface, and age. It is all original, in excellent sturdy condition. The planter is 37" wide, 30 1/2" high to the top of the handles, and 13 1/2" deep. It is finished in a dark varnish which has aged nicely; and is well decorated with split and bent pieces. There is a small area on both of the long surfaces which seem to have been made as frames. Although they may have been done simply for decorative aspects, they certainly can be used to hold a small picture. The planter was probably made in the 1930's or 40's - although it could be earlier. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: AHAT.   Hickory planter ... Another view.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available here. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Carving of man with cow by Mr. BenjaminThis is a wonderful, strange, and old carved assemblage of a man leading a cow, by an African-American named Mr. Benjamin, who lived in South Georgia. Here is a photo of him. There is little more information on this apparently untrained artist. It has an odd sensibility combining out of perspective elements with a quirky sense of humor. The man's face is very expressive, which does not show well in the photos. The cow is sticking out its tongue. It is carved from softwoods and walnut. It is about 13" long by 8" high by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is finished with several color of paint and varnish. It is from the 1920's or 30's, in very good condition. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CAWW.   See a slideshow of several views [633k] ... Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

This is an old brass plaque, deeply embossed with several Masonic symbols. It was probably made around the 1930's or a bit earlier. This piece is in excellent condition with a good aged surface. It is 6 3/8" high, 4 7/8" wide, and 3/8" deep. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: ATOP.   Masonic plaque ... Back.   Some much larger photos:   Masonic plaque ... Back.

Tramp art shelf with hidden drawersThis is a large tramp art shelf with five secret puzzle box compartments. The shelf has an unusual trapezoidal shape, and is decorated with chip carved pyramids, a heart, flat work, and mirrors on the front and sides. On the back are latches made from spoon handles that lock the three hidden drawers shut. On the top back corners are two metal latches that release hinged side panels to reveal compartments behind the mirrors. The front and sides are painted and decorated with metal tacks, the top is varnished. There are three metal hangars to mount it on a wall, or it can sit on a shelf. The size is 35 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep by 10 1/4" high. It is in excellent, near mint condition with only the slightest wear on the back corners. Age appears to be from the 1930's or so. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CCCO.   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Primitive benchThis is a very primitive "make-do" bench or small table, painted grey and red. It was made from leftover scraps of wood - some with cracks, knots, or partial cuts, whatever was available. From these odds and ends, and lots of big nails, someone made up a sturdy and functional piece. This table dates from the 1940's or 50's; it is 34" wide by 11" deep by 16 1/2" high. Since the cracks are original, it is in very good condition with minor paint wear. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TAWW.   Painted primitive bench ... Front view ... Back view ... Another angle from back ... End view ... The other end ... Top ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of top ... With a soda can for scale.

Large hanging vase whimsy carvingThis is a large carved whimsy with a bold look. It has a two handled vase suspended by two links from a yoke. The yoke hangs from four more lengths of chain. The entire whimsy was carved from a single piece of wood with a smooth, medium natural surface. It measures 22" long by 4 3/4" wide by 2" deep and is in excellent condition. It was probably made in the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TRPC.   See a slideshow of several views [470k] ... Large hanging vase whimsy carving ... Front and back views ... Side views ... Closeups ... Two more closeups ... Closeup from above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Front and back views ... Closeup.

Rustic standThis is an interestingly made and nicely decorated small rustic stand. It is 21 1/4" high by 13 1/2" across the octagonal top. The three contoured legs and the cross supports are made from pine while the top is plywood. Both top and legs and been highlighted with half round molding. It is painted green, a red/brown, and white. The stand was likely made around the 1940's or 50's and is in very good, sturdy condition. While there is some wear to the green and much loss to the white on the top, the paint on the legs is strong and colorful. Overall it is a nice, decorative, and usable piece. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CPHA.   See a slideshow of several views [533k] ... Rustic stand ... Another view ... Two more views ... From above ... The top ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Rustic stand ... Another view ... Two more views ... The top ... Closeup of the feet ... From below.

Golfer whirligigThis is a golfer weather vane made of copper. It has good form and surface with mottled verdigris and has been mounted on a metal display base. The vane is 26" high by 21 1/2" long by about 3/4" thick; the base is 22" by 5". It is in excellent condition, probably from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CTRA.   See a slideshow of several views [627k] ... Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky whirligigThis is a folky whirligig with two African-American figures turning a crank. It has good paint with some fine crazing and nice design and movement. The people are somewhat whimsical, with blue suits, brown hats, and black boots. The initials A.D. are painted on both sides of the tail. It was probably made about the 1930's or 40's and has been mounted on a newer wood base. The whirligig itself is 24 1/2" long and 16" across the blade. Including the base it is 27" long by 18 1/2" high. One of the men's hats is missing a piece off the back, and there are some small chips on the tail and some tight cracks in the blade. Otherwise it is in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTAK.   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Large ceremonial keyThis is the largest and most intricate of the keys. It has the delightful inscription "The Key to Nollidge" "With all best wishes for many Happy Days (and Nights) RDL" "21 today (and tomorrow)". It is pieced from plywood, and measures 57 1/2" long by 14" high by 1 1/2" at the thickest. The paint is silver and gold, with red and black lettering. Two newer metal hangers have been attached to the back. There is some wear and paint loss, especially around the edges, and some of the red paint has smeared. The age appears to be from about the 1920's to 40's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CTPC. This is one of a large collection of oversized keys, including trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the 1800's to the 1940's, and you can see them all here.   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.

Large Ceremonial KeyThis is a long wooden key inscribed on one side "C.O.F. Convention Racine - June 8th-9th-1903", and on the other side "Presented by the Mayor", with some fancy painted flourishes. There is a metal emblem attached from the Catholic Order of Foresters which also has the date and city, as well as a leaping deer in front of a red cross. The key is 30" long by 7 1/4" high by 1" thick. It has some paint loss and a few small nicks as seen in the photos. The head of the key has cracked through but is still intact. There is also a row of small pinholes along the bottom edge on the front, and a few on the back, as if something might have been tacked to the key? There are two cup hooks added to the top edge for hanging. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CTPA.   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.
Some much larger photos:   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.

City of Kokomo ceremonial keyThis wooden key has "City of Kokomo 1930" painted in black over dark gold. It is 19 1/2" long by 6" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is very good, with slight paint wear and a few nicks. There are several tack holes on the back. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTPS.   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view.

This wooden ceremonial key is painted an oxidized, crazed silver, with lots of fine, elegant script in gold on both sides. Some of the words are hard to make out. One side says "Department Council of" ??? "Patriarchs Militant I.O.O.F. LaFayette June 18, 19 and 20 1933". The other side says "Association Ladies Auxiliaries, Department of Indiana". The Patriarchs Militant is the highest order within the Odd Fellows organization. The key measures 17" long by about 7" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is excellent with very minor paint wear. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPP.   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.

1934 World's Fair souvenir keyA heavy metal souvenir key from the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. It has details of the Travel & Transport Bldg., the Federal Bldg., and the Hall of Science. At one time there was a thermometer set into the shaft that is now gone. Otherwise, the condition is excellent, size is 7 3/4" long by 2" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: CTSO.   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.

These are only part of a large collection of oversized keys, including trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the 1800's to the 1940's, and you can see them all here.

SaxonHere is a collage by Virginia Love: a girl who lived in St.Louis, MO. in the 1940's. Most of her work was done in watercolor. Some was cutout paper collage, and some pen and ink sketches. Her work reflects her time (wartime rationing, period advertising), her surroundings (watercolor landscapes and still lifes), and her studies (Latin, geometry). You can see more of her art here. "Saxon" is onstruction paper collage after a Saxon motorcar advertisement. It measures 9" wide by 12" high, and is in generally very good condition. There are a few tiny splits and wrinkles in the border/backing paper which do not go into the image. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL12. Image ... Signature on back.

photo"Program for Washington's Birthday", by Virginia Love. It is watercolor and ink on paper, 9" by 12", in good condition with some edge creases, c. 1940's, from St.Louis. On the back is a pencil sketch. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: VL16. Image ... Back ... Larger Image ... Larger Back.

 

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